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Kerry addresses issues of climate change, Afghan polls during first visit to India

Published on Jun 23, 2013 10:32 PM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre) walks next to US ambassador to India Nancy Powell (left) upon his arrival at the airport in New Delhi on June 23, 2013. Mr Kerry on Sunday urged the world to ramp up action on climate change, saying in India that changing weather patterns posed major costs to the planet. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged the world to ramp up action on climate change, saying in India that changing weather patterns posed major costs to the planet.

"Here in India, the home of so much of the history of science, we must recognise that today the science of climate change is screaming at us for action," he said in a speech in New Delhi.

US campaigners have urged Mr Kerry to work with India on climate change, saying cooperation on issues such as solar power and energy efficiency will help limit carbon emissions as India continues its rapid urbanisaton.

Mr Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for his first visit to India as the top US diplomat, looking to deliver on a pledge to realise "the full potential" in stuttering bilateral ties.

 
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